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Innovation in Government

Jan 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The EPA Blog under tags  citizen science innovations in american government awards it all starts with science village green project

By Kacey Fitzpatrick EPA and other federal agencies are tasked with finding solutions to some of the world’s most pressing and complicated problems. These problems require innovative solutions, which EPA supports through use of crowdsourcing, citizen science, and public engagement. Two of these efforts have advanced to the semifinalist stage of the 2017 Innovations in(...)


Progress in Strengthening Our Government-to-Government Relationship with Tribal Nations

Jan 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The EPA Blog under tags  epa connect epa tribal program tribal relations tribal treaty rights

By: JoAnn Chase and Ethan Shenkman EPA has long honored tribal rights to sovereignty, self-governance and self-determination. These principles are enshrined in EPA’s Indian Policy, signed by Administrator Ruckelshaus in 1984 and reaffirmed by every EPA Administrator since. Thanks to the unique partnership between our offices — EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) and EPA’s(...)


Day of Service Along the Delaware River

Jan 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The EPA Blog under tags  bristol marsh delaware river healthy waters marsh restoration

by Tom Damm Actions of all sizes are helping to restore the Delaware River and its surrounding areas. There are broad steps, like the recently approved Delaware River Basin Conservation Act that will help coordinate and advance protection activities. And there are more focused ones, like this week’s trash cleanup at the Bristol Marsh in(...)


Utah Drawn

Jan 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps exhibitions utah

Another map exhibition I neglected to mention yesterday: Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps runs from 27 January to late summer 2017 at the Utah Capitol Building in Salt Lake City; it features “forty rare historical maps depicting the region that became the state of Utah from its earliest imaginings by European cartographers to Utah’s modern state’s … Continue reading "Utah Drawn"


Dirty Reprojectors

Jan 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  cartography map projections mapbox web mapping

Maps online invariably use the Web Mercator projection. The Dirty Reprojectors project aims to change that, at least in Mapbox. Anand Thakker explains. Almost all web mapping libraries render maps using Web Mercator, making an assumption that you generally can’t change out-of-the-box. This has advantages, but it posed a real challenge for us when we set out to … Continue reading "Dirty Reprojectors"


Duck Dynasty and Donald Trump

Jan 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  2016 us elections movies and television new york times politics usa

Last month the New York Times mapped the U.S. cultural divide by looking at television viewing preferences. More precisely, the geographic distribution of viewership for the 50 most-liked TV shows. The correlation between Duck Dynasty fandom and voting for Trump was higher than for any other show. More surprisingly, the show most correlated with voting for Clinton? Family Guy.


TomTom acquired a Berlin-based autonomous driving startup

Jan 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  geo business self-driving cars tomtom

Today TomTom announced that it has acquired a Berlin-based autonomous driving startup called Autonomos. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Autonomos was founded in 2012 by a group of computer science and AI academics who had worked on driving projects at the Free University of Berlin. Since then, the company has grown to employ over 20 staff and has worked […]

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Drones will keep an eye on your home from the inside out

Jan 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  drones

In a recent post, I wrote that drones are the key to our future, and their presence will be noticeable in our everyday life. After the announcement of Alarm.com during CES 2017, I’m convinced more than ever that it’s truth. The company is building a security system where UAVs are playing a key role. The system […]

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ArcWhat’s new in ArcGIS for Emergency Management

Jan 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  analysis & geoprocessing apps arcgis for emergency management arcgis online arcgis pro

The team has been working over the last few months to enhance the ArcGIS for Emergency Management solutions and to improve the solution deployment process. We’d like to highlight the following solutions: Situational Awareness, Operations Response, and Logistics Planning Each … Continue reading


Indiana State Maps Reprinted Over Spelling Error

Jan 18 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  highways indiana map errors road maps

Hundreds of thousands of Indiana state highway maps that misspelled the new governor’s name are being destroyed and reprinted at the vendor’s expense. (WTHR’s coverage does not indicate what the spelling error was.)  Misspelling the boss’s name is obviously politically awkward; I can’t help but suspect that actual cartographic errors would be let through with a sticker or an errata … Continue reading "Indiana State Maps Reprinted Over Spelling Error"